Philadelphia, PA – The Society of Epirotes of Philadelphia, “Omonia”, sponsored a Vasilopita cutting at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral following church. The patron saint of Ioannina in Epirus, Greece, “St. George of Ioannina”, was also recognized during the service, before the blessed of the Vasilopita.
At the end of the service, the church members receded to the hall for coffee and Vasilopita. This was followed by the first general assembly of the year by the chapter members of “Omonia”, Epirotes of Philadelphia.
There, the “Tsipourovrathia” became the main order of discussion (scheduled for: February 14th, 2015 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox church). Tsipouro is preferred by Greeks in Ioannina as it’s local drink over Ouzo which is generally recognized the country over.
Started in 1938 this organization was established in the Delaware Valley from Ioannina, Epirus, Greece where it’s members hail from. The meeting concluded with the annual Vasilopita cutting. This long time tradition has been part of the chapter history for many years. During this annual tradition a greek lyra is awarded. The coin depicts St. George on one side, and King George of Greece on the other.
The newly sworn in board members and their President Vasilis Keisoglou of the “Omonia” Society of Epiros.